'Eureka' Season 4, Episode 9 (Mid-Season Finale) Recap
by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 11th 2010 1:00PM
('Eureka' - 'I'll Be Seeing You') One episode shy of the halfway point in this 20-episode season, 'Eureka' is rolling up the sidewalks and saying goodbye until its holiday special this December. The series put a bow on the time-travel story that had dictated much of the plot since the season premiere shifted five of the principal cast members to 1947.
As with all good time travel stories, the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. So it was back to the beginning for Carter and Dr. Grant, though the circumstances of their arrival were a little different, and under a situation that would have been heartbreakingly tragic if this wasn't 'Eureka.' Yes, 'Eureka' has done heartbreak before, but there's a light-hearted feel to the show that tells you when everything's going to be all right.
The writers even threw Jo a bone -- after nine episodes of one calamity after another, they gave her one moment of happiness before dashing it all away again. Or was it a moment of happiness at all?
Jo did finally come to terms with her feelings for Zane in the original timeline, realizing there was a reason she hesitated to say yes. This wasn't even her Zane. This Zane had a thing going on with Zoey and then he had to go and kiss her, though it did seem more a scientifically-inspired kiss. "Then how come that didn't feel like a first kiss."
People are starting to figure out what happened with the five time-shifted people. It looks like our dear Dr. Grant won't be around for the grand inquisition that is no doubt headed their way at the hands of Gen. Mansfield, but I'm hoping we haven't seen the last of him. His character was simply too much fun to have around for only half the season. At the same time, now that Allison has clearly made her romantic decision (It's about d*** time, too!), the stories that could be told with Dr. Grant are limited.
They took Grant back home before cutting him loose, though, in an ill-fated attempt to change the past and perhaps save Beverly's father, Adam. But in doing so, Allison died in 2010. Suddenly that became the true motivation for their trip. As usual, Carter's "aw shucks" creativity saved the day when all their other attempts to change the course of events didn't work. It was a pretty good idea, though, to record over Grant's notes that Carter and Jo were listening to just before the accident that cost Allison her life.
So in the end, as usual, everything worked out and Allison survived. As "finales" go, this one didn't have the gusto of prior ones. But since it was just a mid-season entry, these things can be forgiven. It did an effective job of shifting the story away from Grant and the past and into the future of uncertainty. If the group's trip through time is uncovered and there are a few people who know about it, how might that affect their relationships? Will Zoey and Kevin shun their parents, since they aren't the same physical people who raised them? Henry has already moved past that by opening up to his wife, and she seems to have warmed back up to him.
Then there's Beverly, who's clearly being set up to be the nemesis for the back half of the season. With the series already renewed for a fifth season, the writers have carte blanche to go crazy and really mess things up. And with 11 episodes to build up to a real finale, the second half of this season should have a lot going for it. The stakes will be higher for our time-tossed five. Beverly has her sights on Jack or Allison, or maybe the both of them. That's certainly not someone you want targeting you.
It was fun seeing the season premiere from new angles, as finale Jack and Grant were running around in 1947 at the same time as premiere Jack and Grant. Jack probably got some pleasure out of intentionally exposing the naked Fargo and getting him arrested, so as to keep the timeline intact, just as finale Grant probably got some pleasure out of smacking finale Jack across the face to convince the others present he was actually premiere Grant. It even gets confusing talking about it, but luckily no other time altering occurred so things are back to normal. Well, 'Eureka 2.0' normal, which thankfully is the normal we're stuck with -- at least for now.
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